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Poster: Stuart B. Date: Jun 2, 2007 11:45am
Forum: forums Subject: Re: Flash versions of most movies: pls comment

The film I was watching was uploaded as a .wmv file in the 16:9 (widescreen) aspect ratio. In your player here, it only plays back in the 4:3 aspect ratio. Can that be fixed?



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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Stafftracey pooh Date: Jul 9, 2007 3:03pm
Forum: forums Subject: Re: Flash versions of most movies: pls comment

i'm about to release an updated deriver
that will handle widescreen video.

if you let me know the name of the item
i can rederive it now using the testcode base
and see how that goes?

--tracey, webmaster

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Poster: Stuart B. Date: Jul 12, 2007 4:21am
Forum: forums Subject: Re: Flash versions of most movies: pls comment

It seems to have been fixed already (just yesterday) and now looks great. Many thanks!
stuart

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Stafftracey pooh Date: Jul 12, 2007 11:30am
Forum: forums Subject: Re: Flash versions of most movies: pls comment

great!
(i may have found it in testing when looking for search engine hits of items with word "widescreen" or "16 9" in them 8-)

--t

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Poster: Telephone Toughguy Date: Jul 12, 2007 11:35am
Forum: forums Subject: Re: Flash versions of most movies: pls comment

I thought a video I saw looked stretched and missing border content, will the new player alter aspect ratios on 4:3 or other formats?

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Stafftracey pooh Date: Jul 12, 2007 11:37am
Forum: forums Subject: Re: Flash versions of most movies: pls comment

prolly more info than you want, but.... ;-)

short answer is 4:3 should display and act just as they used to and the deriver changes won't affect them.



so let's talk just flash for now...

what we do is see if the film's "square pixel dimensions"
are 4:3 ratio (or w/i 90% of it).
if so, we make a square pixel 320x240 flash vid.
if not, we "stretch" the width out wider and make a flash vid of a dimension that preserves the aspect ratio.

so for 16:9, we'd make a 426x240 flash vid.

finally, when we make the "flash window" (if you will), we
size it to be 600x240 and say to the plugin "fit the video into that window, while preserving aspect ratio").

so 16:9 vids would "expand" to 426x240, 4:3 vids would "expand" to 320x240.

other sizes are possible/fine, too, eg:
http://www.archive.org/details/sunsetstrip

for films that are narrower than 320x240, we are still
doing the old behaviour of stretching wrongly to 320x240
(because i want to make sure this all works before tackling
"narrow" films).